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Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely Series #4)

Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely Series #4)

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by Melissa Marr

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Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic


Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.

Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Wild-child Ani is a sixteen-year-old halfling who thrives on the negative emotions of humans. Sensuous faerie-assassin, Devlin, is the brother and advisor to the angry High Queen Sorcha. When they meet, they know they should fear each other, but quickly discover a mutual physical—and potentially fatal—attraction. A conflict of interest develops when they must find a way to follow the ruthless rules governing their kind while saving two worlds from impending disaster. Marr has created a complicated and contradictory landscape that weaves the mystifying faerie realm into the popular teen culture of the mortal world. It is difficult to connect with her characters, who tend to be superficial, shallow, and self-serving. Thin on plot and heavy on violence, baffling secondary characters drift into the storyline through contrived circumstances, have prolonged and repetitive conversations, and then drift back out again. Fans of this series, Wicked Lovely, may lament the absence of an Aislinn-and-Seth subplot, wonder why there are so many confusing references to hounds, and be perplexed by the presence of the superfluous and "dreamy" mortal, Rae. They may also be puzzled by the fact that while the two main characters are immediately attracted to each other, there is little chemistry in their relationship. This overlong story does not stand alone. It is dependent on information from the previous three books and is an obvious setup for a sequel. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
Freida Golden
Radiant Shadows, the fourth book in Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, is full of familiar characters. Two of them have choices to make that will affect others in the mortal world and Faerie: Devlin, Keeper of Order in the High Court, and Ani, half-mortal, half-Hound of the Wild Hunt. Ani must feed off of both emotions and touch—human and faerie—for nourishment. Her unique genetics made her very appealing to faeries, and several powerful ones are interested in using her to advance their own welfare. Devlin must decide between his continued loyalty to a leader who failed to lead and his own desires. Ani's family is in danger; she is a Hound and a strong fighter, but is there another way to win? This book has action, romance, faerie courts, and mystery. It is possible to enter another world every time you pick up this book. Reviewer: Freida Golden
Romantic Times BOOKclub
PRAISE FOR THE WICKED LOVELY SERIES:Marr takes her faeries and makes them seem real in her latest breathtaking tale. This entertaining story twists as long-laid plot points come to fruition and readers are kept on their toes throughout. It’s a keeper!”—
New York Times Book Review
“Complex and involving.”
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"Marr has done it again with this dark, beautifully woven story of love, magic, and belonging. She offers new insight on characters readers will fall in love with all over again. This is one of Marr’s best." (a Top Pick)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This title, the penultimate installment of the series, focuses on Ani, daughter of Gabriel, the leader of the Dark Court's Wild Hunt; and Devlin, brother of Sorcha, the Queen of the High Court, as the faerie world tips closer to the brink of war. Bananach wants to kill Ani, and Devlin has been secretly protecting her since she was a child. When Ani's and Devlin's paths finally cross, they feel an instant attraction, which pits Bananach and Devlin against each other. Meanwhile Sorcha pines for Seth while he spends six months of the year in the mortal world as a faerie trying to rekindle his relationship with Aislinn. Since each book in the series focuses on a different main character, the cast has gotten somewhat large and confusing. Once readers have gotten reacclimatized to Marr's faerie world, though, they will find that the story moves at a rapid pace. Ani and Devlin are fully fleshed-out characters, and their attraction to one another is believable. While the author's world-building is fairly solid, the fact that time runs six times faster in faerie than it does in the mortal world (as established in Fragile Eternity) is never addressed in this book. However, this is a worthy addition to a fine series. Readers who have enjoyed the early books will find this a satisfying read, and will be eager for the series conclusion.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Wicked Lovely Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of the Wicked Lovely series, and I have bullied each and every one of my friends into reading the books. I anxiously awaited RADIANT SHADOWS and then...I felt an enormous let-down. After the ending of FRAGILE ETERNITY, I expected (1) to see Seth grow as a faery (fight/hunt with the hounds/be more emotionally agressive towards Ash and not such a door-mat); (2) some sort of closure and finality already with the Keenan/Ash/Donia/Seth love quadrangle; (3) a greater change with the faery courts. I guess I should have anticipated a move like this after reading INK EXCHANGE, yet I was still unprepared for what I read. I felt the plot was thin and contrived at times (too many unanswered questions: Irial's fate? Jillian? The creation of YET ANOTHER faery court? And Keenan's MISSING--the Summer King is MISSING and it's only mentioned briefly in the book? No one cares??? What's Ash been doing during this time? Is she looking for him? Has she thrown Seth aside for Keenan?) Being the penultimate book in the series, I felt like Marr was all over the place with this book. I hope she regains her momentum for the last and wrangles back her readers who fell in love with the series in the first place.
KJSutton More than 1 year ago
While Melissa Marr continues to be an excellent writer, and I enjoyed all of her books up to this point, Radiant Shadows was a disappointment. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't really connect to her characters, and the story dragged on. Normally I read a book straight through without putting it down, but this one I got bored eaily and it took me several days to finish. I want to know more about Seth and Aislinn, and while they do make appearances in the story, it's as if Marr has brushed them aside to introduce these new people she's more excited about. Maybe I've just started to get bored with the fey, and the world she's created, but I do believe that Radiant Shadows could have been much, much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really? Are you serious?!? I waited forever for that book to come out, and this is what i get?!?! Don't get me wrong, the book had its high points ( i love Ani and Devlin). But Keenan has gone missing. And they only mention it once! Ash is not in the book and Seth hasn't changed from when he was a mortal. I expected Seth to be more emotional and dark and scary and FORCEFUL! he never even talks to Ash! Donia is also not in the book. With Keenan gone shouldn't she be upset!? Melisssa Marr is great, but this book was one big let down. It was the PENULTIMET (spelling?) the next to last and nothing is coming together. The last book will have to be pretty long to make up all this lost time.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In order to understand the specifics of all the characters in this story, it would be best to read the other books in the series: WICKED LOVELY, INK EXCHANGE, and FRAGILE ETERNITY. RADIANT SHADOWS picks up where FRAGILE ETERNITY leaves off. As per their agreement, Seth leaves Sorcha in Faerie so he can return to his life in the Mortal world. Everything starts disintegrating soon after and provides a backdrop for the rest of the story. Ani, Gabriel's daughter, is struggling with her role in the Hunt and controlling the way she feeds. Unlike her siblings, Ani can feed from both mortals and faerie since she feeds on emotions. Life for Ani becomes extremely complicated when Bananach takes an interest in her and orders her to kill Seth. Not knowing what else to do, Ani decides her only option is to run. Devlin, the brother of Sorcha and Bananach, is sent to the Mortal world to look after Seth. Sorcha is obsessed with what Seth is doing and worried for his safety. The trouble is, Devlin gets sidetracked when he runs into Ani at a night club. Devlin and Ani are connected, although the specific connection is unknown - all Devlin understands is that he can't resist Ani. Melissa Marr continues to hold readers' attention in this, the fourth book of the WICKED LOVELY series. Aislinn doesn't play a role in this installment because Keenan is missing, forcing her to focus her attention on the Summer Court. Faerie is in danger due to Sorcha's actions, and it is up to Devlin and Ani to put it right - but Bananach (War) is determined to see death and destruction everywhere. Can they save Faerie before War destroys everything?
The-Bookaholic More than 1 year ago
In the fourth installment of The Wicked Lovely series, I'm quite happy to say that as always, Melissa Marr doesn't disappoint! This installment brings more attention to the "background" characters and doesn't focus on Seth and Aislinn. Instead, the reader is taken into Ani and Devlin's developing relationship, as well as Marr's continued beautiful and alluring magical writing that will capture your heart. I'll be honest; Ani's character didn't particularly strike me in the beginning. She struggles, and her character voice annoyed me at times with the constant complaining of "not fitting in". But you know, if you think about it, that makes a character REALISTIC. As the story played on, I grew attached to her strength and determination, and fierce protection over her loved ones. Devlin, I loved. I adored. He was mysterious. Beautiful. Marr crafted his character wonderfully, I thought. And I always love Irial and Niall! They are so tempting... sexy... ;) The dialogue throughout the entire novel is so smooth, rich, and easily read- yet artistically done and poetic. I don't have many complaints when it comes to Melissa Marr's The Wicked Lovely Series, and once again, found myself ravishing every page through this installment. I can't wait to read the next- and final installment: Darkest Mercy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr starts with Ani, a half mortal and half faery who is trying to find her place in the strange world she was born into without a mother. Devlin is a faery that works as a faery leader's assassin and who had been sent to kill both Ani and her mother, but for the first time in his life he had not had the heart to kill someone. Melissa Marr does a wonderful job at describing these interestingly complicated characters and showing the battles they face within their own minds. She uses beautiful words to help you picture just how intricate the faery world is and how it is seen from the perspective of all of the different characters. The theme of love versus the darkness that haunts them and the dangers of being together keep the story incredibly entertaining. Ani, with Devlin surprisingly at her side and against the ones he was born to follow, being hunted down as a resource to be used for creating chaos among the leaders of the faery world is a creative conflict. You would think it would make the story excitingly fast paced, but no. Most of the story is spent in Ani's car driving away with Devlin as fast as she can. There is not really any turning point and there is absolutely no suspense at all. Nothing all that amazing happens until the last few chapters of the novel. This was not a great addition to the Wicked Lovely Series and the first three were much more worthy of my time.
fiyaazzvietguh More than 1 year ago
First it was Aislinn, then it was her best friend Leslie, after was about Seth, Now its about Ani. Ani is the sister of Rabbit and Tish from the tatoo shop. Melissa Marr a great book and series writer has brought us into Faerie and showed us of the glam behind the glam of the faerie people. Its Ani's turn to stand next to her father as a hound and not just a half mortal half human. With devlin being bound to his sisters by their blood, he is to keep her away. But Ani being the daughter of the Dark court, anything is possible. This is a book you would want to read after what happen to Aislinn, Leslie, and Seth. This book shows you what happens after they have gotten away or stayed in Faerie.
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
The length of time it took me to finish this book makes it seem as if it was difficult to get through or perhaps unenjoyable. That could hardly be further from the truth. In all actuality this is probably my favorite in the series thus far. Summer has simply been taking it's toll on me and I've not had as much reading time as I'd anticipated. All that blather being said, I did truly enjoy this installment of the Wicked Lovely series. I missed Aislinn, but I really enjoyed getting to know Ani and Devlin more. I also enjoyed seeing a bit more of the relationship between Niall and Irial and how Seth has been faring. It was a sad book at times and even confusing at times as far as how everyone was going to relate to each other and how things would work out. I'm still on the fence about that part because of the details that were left open, however I'm lucky enough to have book 5 waiting for me. If you're a fan of the series at all, you must read this one.
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Loved it!
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This book brings up more questions than it settles, but I think that it's all a setup for the finale in the next and final book. Read that one and have your questions answered!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the freaking best dipiction of the fey world and aislinn and seth are ment to be for ever he gave up his mortality to be with her but it got very complicated along the way .niall reminds me of my cousin in description and personality it really spoke to my fantacys about how the fey really work
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Loved it, one of the best series ive read.
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I almost didnt read this book because alot of reviews said it was off topic and off base but i loved this book. Out of all the books so far this was my favorite. It branches out from just your normal courts. A really good read